FM Melescanu, Atlantic Council’s delegation on Romania’s role as United States’ essential ally

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu talked with a delegation of the Atlantic Council about Romania’s role as “an United States’ essential ally” and about “the bilateral relationship’s vital importance”, says a release sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday by the relevant ministry (MAE).

The US delegation was headed by the Executive Vice President, Damon Wilson and former US ambassadors to Central and Eastern European countries were part of it.

During the said meeting, Teodor Melescanu said that Romania will continue to assume clearly its responsibilities, through the decision to increase the budget for the defence expenditure included.

The sides also emphasised the importance of developing new ideas and projects capable to lead to an additional capitalisation of the Romanian-US strategic relationship.

“An exchange of opinions took place regarding the situation in the Black Sea extended region, displaying the multiple challenges to security that are currently manifesting and the necessity to boost the commitment of the NATO, EU partners and of the American ones, too. The possibilities to encourage the Western Balkans’ states to make steps on the European integration path were analysed, as well as aspects of interest in our country’s proximity,” the communique adds.

Melescanu also praised the Atlantic Council’s initiative unfolded together with the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) and the “Carol I” National Defence University, saying that it is “a unique opportunity to emphasise in the Washington’s political milieu the security aspects in the neighbour regions of Romania.”

The Atlantic Council’s delegation is in Romania as part of a tour in the European central and eastern space, targeting to contour a new paradigm of the US involvement in this region.

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